The Training Centre "Adm. De Rubertis", now Educational and Training Unit, was founded in 1996.

The main purpose of the Unit is to provide adequate preparation for Officers and Petty Officers of the Corps operating in the field of safety of navigation and maritime and port security, in compliance with national and international standards and directives.

Points of excellence, as pointed out by the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) at the end of the inspection carried out in October 2005, are the training and the educational activities for the staff designated as Port State Control Officers.

The Educational Unit is situated within the maritime station of Genoa, the main embarkation point for cruise traffic in the port of Genoa. It is located in Ponte dei Mille, not far from the old port, the marina, the university complex of the Faculty of Business and Economics and the Galata - Sea Museum.

The Educational and Training Unit has maintained its seat in the city of Genoa because its port is Italy's largest and one of the most important ports in Europe.

The port is called annually by more than 8,000 ships that offer a wide range of vessels of different tonnage and type that are good practice for training purposes. This scenario ensures to offer students an excellent environment in order to facilitate and optimize learning.

The logo of the Educational Unit is the same as that of the 6th Department of ITCG Headquarters, from which it depends, and consists of a tricolor flag inspired by the logo of the Harbour Masters Corps, Genoa's lantern and Capitoline Wolf: only these could have been the emblems of the Department, which has always been divided between the historic maritime vocation of Genoa and the centrality of the General Command of the Capital. From the beginning, the Department had in fact its seat in the capital of the Liguria region; in 2009 it was transferred to Rome, for the sake of being closer to the General Command. However, for logistical reasons and seafaring tradition, the  Educational and Training Unit, which is an integral part of the Department, remained in Genoa.

It is interesting to pay attention to the motto "Ne quid detriments capiat" visible below: this is an old Latin phrase contained in the "Senatus Consultum Ultimum de Re Publica Defendenda" (Decree of the Senate for the defense of the homeland), as a formula of solemn recommendation made by the Senate to the consuls when the latter were invested with full powers to defend the Res Publica in exceptional situations of grave danger.

The original sentence reads in fact "Videant consules ne quid res publica detrimenti capiat", which literally means "The consuls shall work to ensure that the state does not suffer any damage". The motto, borrowed from our ancient traditions in Latin, is meant to be an important recommendation addressed to all members of the Harbour Masters - Coast Guard, who, as the Consuls of the Sea, have a duty to ensure, at the peripheral and central level, safety of navigation, so that the community won't be damaged.

In the Unit there are 3 lecture rooms, respectively:


The main hall where most of the training courses are held is provided with:

  • 1 instructor's workplace equipped with PC connected to the public internet and a multimedia whiteboard touchscreen;

  • 20 seats;

  • 20 book lockers;

  • 4 workstations equipped with PC connected to the internet with printer;

  • projector connected to a PC;

  • overhead projection;

  • flipchart;

  • VHS player;

  • DVD player;

  • amplification and sound reinforcement system;

  • microphones system;

  • ​air conditioning summer / winter. 


Computer lab used primarily for the execution of the intermediate or end of course evaluation tests; in the case of simultaneous courses it is used as a second lecture room. It is equipped with:

  • 1 instructor's workplace equipped with PC connected to the public internet;

  • 18 seats, all equipped with PCs connected to the public internet;

  • network printer;

  • projector connected with Pc;

  • ​overhead projection;

  • flipchart;

  • VHS player;

  • DVD player;

  • audio-cassette player;

  • amplification and sound reinforcement system;

  • microphones system;

  • air conditioning summer / winter.


  • support lecture room mainly used for video conferences, but set up to be used as a , lecture room it is equipped with:

  • 1 instructor's workplace with PC;

  • connected to the public internet;

  • 18 seats;

  • projector connected with Pc;

  • overhead projection;

  • ​flipchart;

  • VHD / DVD player equipment;

  • amplification and sound reinforcement system;

  • microphones system;

  • air conditioning summer/winter.

Below there is a list of courses held at the Educational Unit of the Corps: 

  • qualifying courses in safety of navigation for PSC inspectors;

  • maritime security Courses;

  • courses in basic and advanced port security;

  • ISM classes for auditors;

  • ISM courses for the checking of notified bodies;

  • ​Courses on the maritime labour convention 2006;

  • maritime accidents investigation courses;

  • courses on quality management system.

Courses in safety of navigation for petty officers NP

  • Flag State Advanced courses;

  • courses on GMDSS;

Courses in the field of maritime safety for VTS personnel  

  • concentrated inspection campaigns courses on the Paris MOU;

  • courses for Common Assessment of Competence (CAC);

  • courses for Inspections pax vessels - ro / ro pax - tank;

Courses on Thetis system

SAR Courses

List of courses for personnel external to the administration:

  • courses in safety of navigation for ship-owners Companies (CONSAR);

  • courses in safety of navigation for Local health Authorities (ASL).

Courses in maritime safety for the Maritime Foreign Authorities

The lecturing staff of the unit is in charge, through a special committee, to select officers, of the 2nd practical year after the academy, for the future employment in the sector of safety of navigation, as PSC inspectors.

In addition, the Educational Unit collaborates with the International Maritime Safety, Security and Environment Academy (IMSSEA) for conducting lectures, within their courses, in the field of safety & security while ensuring also that visits to naval units are carried out, by their learners, only for didactical purposes.

Since 1996, the date of the first training course in May 2014, the Educational Unit formed in total:

  • 1.844 Coast Guard Officers;

  • 427 Coast Guard Petty officers;

  • 39 Coast Guard troop volunteers;

  • 136 civilians;

  • 99 militaries/civilians from foreign countries.